Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 27, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Memorial Feast:  Saint Angela Merici, Virgin (1474-1540) – Patroness of the Sick and Handicapped

Second Book of Samuel 5:1-7, 10

Psalm 89

Mark 3:22-30

“A house divided against itself…will not be able to stand.” 

Many Americans recognize the above quote not from the Bible, but from the famous speech given by Abraham Lincoln.  He made the speech during  his  debate against Stephen A. Douglas.  Lincoln was running against Douglas in 1858 for the U. S. Senate.  It was two years before Lincoln was elected president and less than three years before the beginning of the American Civil War.

Douglas and Lincoln disagreed about slavery.  Though Lincoln was not yet an outright abolitionist, he desired no further expansion of the wretched and unholy institution of slavery.  Douglas was playing to both sides advocating “popular sovereignty,” in which he meant that new states should be able to decide for themselves whether to be slave or free. 

Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.  I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free…It will become all one thing or all the other.”

Douglas won the Senate election.  Lincoln won history.

What does all of this have to do with us ordinary folks living 162 years after Mr. Lincoln’s speech?

In a sense, we are all houses divided.  We cannot be Christians by compartmentalizing our lives and deciding to give ourselves to God for an hour on Sunday and devoting our minds and spirits to material things the rest of the week.

Friends, please don’t misunderstand me.  There is nothing wrong with working hard and providing for your family and enjoying God’s blessings.  We simply must live life in the context of living the Gospel.

Today Jesus is calling on us to do our best.  Eventually, as penned by Mr. Lincoln, we will become all one thing or all the other.  We simply have to choose wisely. 

Question of the Day:  Will you be a slave to the small gods of the world or live the freedom of the Holy Gospel?

Prayer:  “Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.”  (Gospel acclamation for January 27, 2020.)



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